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Writers seen as improving

Principal Ben Tilly and members of the Boys Writers Club listen to Byron Toalson read his prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. "It's really encouraging to see them grow as writers," said Tillly.

Listening to other writers

Jaden Torbet, 8, and fellow second- and third-graders listen to Jacob Jenson, 7, read his prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. Principal Ben Tilley said he has seen some of the students grow over the past two years. "I see a lot of improvements in their writing," he said. "They do a good job."

Checking their work

Second- and third-graders, from left, Cullen Scott, Jett Wooten and Bobby Smithburg take a look at Jaden Torbet's writing prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. Principal Ben Tilly said it is the second year he has run the boys writers club and members meet once a week to work on writing skills.

Boys writers Club members work on plot line for story

Principal Ben Tilley watches second- and third-grade boys work on writing a prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. "They've got some great ideas," he said. "Getting them down in writing is the difficult part."

Columbia College men's basketball player Jordan Dressler

Columbia College's Jordan Dressler, right, guards teammate Blake Walker during practice. Dressler, a former Rock Bridge standout, transferred to the Cougars from Toledo University after the Rockets went through a coaching change. “I figured if I was going to keep playing, I wanted to come home so my parents could see me play more,” Dressler said.

Ebner set to return from injury

Missouri's Will Ebner tackles Texas Tech's Aaron Crawford. Ebner missed Missouri's win against Kansas State because of a neck strain he suffered against the Red Raiders.

Potter's wheel at the Craft Studio

MU sophomore Rachel Krause shapes her piece on the potter's wheel during her pottery class at the Craft Studio on Monday, Nov. 15. Krause took beginning pottery last fall.

Pottery class at the Craft Studio

MU sophomore Rachel Krause sculpts her piece at the MU Craft Studio on Monday, Nov. 15. Krause has been taking pottery classes since last fall.

'24-Hour Comic Day'

A view of Scott Ziolko's completed pages at the 5th annual '24-Hour Comic Day'. The concept is to create a 24-page comic in 24 hours

Surveillance photo from Regions Bank robbery

Columbia police released this surveillance photo showing the robbery in progress Monday afternoon at Regions Bank, 2114 Paris Road.

Leaving volunteers on Mars

Dr. Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, is one of two scientists that is proposing we send volunteers to Mars and leave them there. Dr. Davies says the mission would mark the beginning of long-term human colonization of Mars, with numerous follow-up trips.

Sending volunteers to Mars

Dr. Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, holds a book on Mars as he stands in the atrium of the Biodesign Institute building on the ASU campus. Davies is one of two scientists that are proposing we send volunteers to Mars and leave them there.

Food production remains a strong industry

Annette Eigenberger watches shredded cheese come out of a chute at the Sargento Cheese Company Friday in Plymouth, Wis. While the sluggish economy has taken a toll on manufacturing and related industries, one sector has remained a bright spot over the last few years: food production.

Tossing cheese at Sargento Cheese Company

Dennis Schaefer tosses some slices of cheese at the Sargento Cheese Company Friday in Plymouth, Wis.

Cheese inspection at Sargento Cheese Company

Samantha Hansen inspects slices of cheese at the Sargento Cheese Company Friday in Plymouth, Wis.

Edwards also wins Nationwide race

Carl Edwards gets the checkered flag Saturday after winning the WYPALL 200 in NASCAR's Nationwide Series at Phoenix International Raceway.

Edwards crosses finish line

Carl Edwards approaches the finish line to win Sunday the at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards crossed the finish line 4.77 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Newman.

Edwards rides out win

Pole-sitter Carl Edwards squeezed 88 laps out of his last tank of gas to win his first race since 2008 in NASCAR. The victory was Edwards' 17th of his career.

Edwards celebrates in Victory Lane

Carl Edwards had plenty of reasons to celebrate after ending his 70-race winless streak in NASCAR with a victory Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Edwards flipping over weekend in Arizona

Carl Edwards does a back flip after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
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